From Christmas trees to light parades to snow – yes, snow – the Golden Corridor will usher in the 2018 holiday season with style. Traditional holiday activities will be featured including skating, music, pictures with Santa, gingerbread contests, tree lightings and more. So, gather your family and friends and get ready to make some amazing 2018 holiday memories!

A few highlights:

Sponsored by APS, Christmas on Main begins at 6 p.m. on Dec. 7 in downtown Florence. A variety of activities are offered including holiday crafts, food vendors, music and Pictures with Santa. The evening concludes with the colorful, holiday light parade on Main Street at 7:30 p.m. The parade will include a procession of floats and bands.

Holiday spirit is set to sweep across the region and overtake the City of Maricopa as the fifth annual Merry Copa Holiday Festival is at Copper Sky Regional Park on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 3 to 8 p.m. The countdown to Christmas will officially get underway when Mayor Christian Price leads a countdown to reveal a dazzling Christmas tree blanketed in lights and decorations. The holly jolly community celebration will feature plenty of other family-friendly activities including arts and crafts, food vendors and a variety of winter activities.

Attendees can enjoy:

  • Local community group performances
  • Pictures with Santa
  • Ice skating on an artificial ice rink
  • Playing in a mound of snow
  • Letting out some holiday energy in a bounce house
  • Taking part in holiday cookie and ornament decorating
  • Entering a gingerbread competition (houses created at home) for a chance to win a $100 gift card and holiday ham. Participation is free, but registration is required.
  • Competing in the ugly sweater contest

The Electric Light Parade is held on the first Saturday each December. Festivities begin in Downtown Casa Grande during the day with a skating rink, craft area, food vendors, music, live entertainment and game booths. Pictures with Santa are provided free of charge.
Bring your chairs and line the streets for the City Hall Tree lighting and Electric Light Parade on Florence Boulevard, where Santa will be making a special appearance. Be sure to vote online for your favorite float to win the “people’s choice” award!

The parade begins at 5:45 p.m. at the intersection of Florence Boulevard and Colorado Street and will continue to Florence Street, which it will follow until its conclusion at 2nd Street. The annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. in front of the City Hall.

CHRISTMAS IN ELOY! Bring the entire family and celebrate at the Christmas Tree Lighting and Electric Light Parade Dec. 8, 4 to 9 p.m. at Main Street Park. Enjoy arts and crafts, free carnival rides, concessions, music and much more.